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School taxes punish payers

April 25, 2013

The state budget for 2013-14 boosted aid to schools. Locally, the Gloversville school district received a 2.2 percent aid increase, Johnstown received a 5.7 percent increase, Mayfield received a 4....

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Apr-27-13 7:03 PM

Year after year we the taxpayers have been hammered with increases due to the decrease in aid. I say to all these districts, your getting an increase in aid this year so leave us (the taxpayers) alone this year...learn how to budget and give us a breather!

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Apr-26-13 5:37 PM

The biggest fraud is the administrator's and Board of Education president's continued opining on how comfortable they are with their proposed spending plans. They should all be ashamed of their failures. If this was a business they were running, they would have all failed in bankruptcy.

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Apr-26-13 12:47 PM

Two questions: When was the last a BP student went on to be a professional athlete? hmmm. How many BP students flushed sports scholarships down the toilet due to poor grades or "just not liking the college"? hmmmm!

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Apr-26-13 12:34 PM

soooo... somebody disagrees that we make the kiddies responsible for their learning. Isn't it funny how "back in the day" we didn't know that the teachers were responsible for our grades and we felt bad if our grades didn't meet our expectations.

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Apr-26-13 10:58 AM

The teacher union will tell you it is all for the children.

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Apr-26-13 10:25 AM

First of all teachers cannot force these kids who are very aware of the limits on discipline to pay attention in class or learn. Secondly they always threaten to remove sports etc...fine, school is about learning not sports. Sure parents want the next NBA, NFL, etc... star in their family. With all sports included there may only be around 10,000 of a population of around 309 million, the odds are small so let those who want athletes create sports clubs like in Europe and remove the taxpayer from the equation. Finally if they keep raising taxes people will keep leaving or losing homes and the base decreases and taxes are raised to make up the shortfall causing more to leave or lose their property.

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Apr-26-13 8:34 AM

For the past few years I sat at budget forums at BP and listened time after time that "due to a decrease in aid there must be an increase". what will be the speach this year? "due to an INCREASE in aid we want MORE!" That budget proposal will not be getting my vote!

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Apr-26-13 8:24 AM

I assume that all of you BOE complainers lost your election to the Board members that won. If you didn't run wouldn't it be logical that you throw your hat in the ring, get elected, and then show these teacher dominated boards a thing or two?

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Apr-25-13 7:11 PM

"Ron1960", you have it right. As long as the unions (NYSUT) continue to control the public schools, it will continue to get worse. Privatizing public education is the logical outcome.

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Apr-25-13 7:07 PM

The local school districts received ample state aid increases in Governor Cuomo’s budget this year to have across the board reductions in school taxes. It is irresponsible that spending plans with tax increases are being adopted by all local districts. The problem is that each administration, as evidenced by their past practice (failures), does not have the ability to operate their business, education, in a cost-effective manner. To make things even worse, most students are not achieving the basic education requirements.

This is all occurring while school employees, at all levels, continue to be rewarded by spending plans that include unjustified salary increases and benefits, e.g. pension padding.

Something major needs to be implemented to resolve the ongoing failures of the public school systems. Serious consideration should be given to privatizing public education to substantially reduce costs while increasing the level of education that is provided.

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Apr-25-13 5:09 PM

Johnstown School District with its pie in the sy idea of grouping the lower level school children will cost the tax payers much more then they are letting on to.Voting down the budget is the only way to open their eyes..Plus a school board made up of ex teachers,former employees or anyone with a spouse working in the district should be disqualified from running and sitting on these boards! Time to get rid of these boards and use city council people in charge of spending the tax payers money.The amount of money in the budget minus the mandates makes this a simple thing to do!

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Apr-25-13 5:04 PM

gville70, why not put more responsibility for grades on the students ?? Teachers can't discipline or demand work be done. High school has become more like adolescent day care.

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Apr-25-13 4:45 PM

Northville is about to pay for all the years of playing games with their contingency budgets. This year if their budget gets voted down their contingency budget is what ever they spent last year and no more. Don't want your taxes to go up then vote no on the budget.

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Apr-25-13 4:35 PM

Same teachers that watch co-workers lose their jobs as they take raises ? Oh and graduate 60% of students on time or ever? Yea it's all about the children.. WE could also use trimming of unfunded mandates from Albany..

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Apr-25-13 12:46 PM

Northville, 4.95%, and watch for the merger. The only winner will be Mayfield, since the merger aid will cover the $8.06 difference in taxes. The 18 million in merger aid will be used up in less that 8 years, then watch out!

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Apr-25-13 12:35 PM

as long as the public continue to elect former school teachers and their family members that are only there to give teachers large wage and benefits and the admin istrators large wages and benefits the local taxpayer is only asking for higher school taxes because they refuse to get out and vote for themselves. The school boards and the administrators keep telling us that it is all about the students, well then something is really wrong we are not graduating the number of students that should be and our class sizes are no where as large as they were in the past. Why?

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